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Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth   (via stolenwine)


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nixalegos:

Debt to the Deathless Artist: Seb McKinnon

I actually run this card. It costs 2 white mana and 2 black mana and X of any color. All opponents lose live equal to double X and you gain life equal to the total amount lost that way. It’s really cool.
The flavor text is also awesome.
Some of Orzhov’s cruelest collectors remember their debtors by taste alone.
actually this whole thing kinda makes me think of nyxanglacierwind now. lol

nixalegos:

Debt to the Deathless
Artist: Seb McKinnon

I actually run this card. It costs 2 white mana and 2 black mana and X of any color. All opponents lose live equal to double X and you gain life equal to the total amount lost that way. It’s really cool.

The flavor text is also awesome.

Some of Orzhov’s cruelest collectors remember their debtors by taste alone.

actually this whole thing kinda makes me think of nyxanglacierwind now. lol

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